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Happy Valentine’s Day tree lovers!

This wishing tree was spotted at St. Nectan’s Glen in North Cornwall!

Good news – I have just discovered that money really does grow on trees – or rather, in trees. That’s right fans of oak kitchens, evidence of money in trees has been found in forests and parks across the country. Though be warned – if you do come across a felled tree that has coins protruding from it, you might not want to take them out!

The unusual sight of trees sporting rings of coins has been said to date back to the 1700s, where money would be hammered into the trunks and stumps of fallen trees to rid a person of illnesses. The ailment is then said to be absorbed by the tree, which is why you wouldn’t want to pull one out – because legend says you’ll contract their sickness! These days the tradition has evolved and is more commonly associated with making a wish – much like a wishing well.

Not all trees can become one of our beautiful oak kitchens or solid wood worktops, and I can’t think of a lovelier way for a fallen fellow to be given a new lease of life. What could be better than holding the hopes and dreams of hundreds or thousands of people?

These trees have been found from Scotland to Cornwall, so if you have a wish that’s yet to be granted, what are you waiting for?! If your biceps aren’t already bulging, you might want to get the weights out first, as it is said that wishes are only granted if you manage to drive your coin through the bark of the tree and into the wood.

With so many trees up and down the country, there are a lot of different traditions associated with them. In Scotland, there is even a ‘kissing tree’; legend says that if you can drive a nail into the tree with one blow, you would earn a kiss from your sweetheart!

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and that all your wishes are granted on this spectacular day of love!

Ta ta for now,

the deTerra diarist


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Hey hey timber enthusiasts!

Now I don’t mind the drizzle (mainly because it reminds me of mizzle), but I know that a lot of my kitchen comrades are dreaming of warmer times. Whilst fans of wood kitchens know I am capable of some pretty awesome things, changing the weather is not one of them – which got me a-thinkin’ – what can I do? I’ve put together a few fabulous colours from Dorset-based paint specialists Farrow & Ball to warm your wood kitchens through the rest of the winter!

India Yellow is a mustard hue that creates a warm and cosy atmosphere in wood kitchens.

Image courtesy of Farrow & Ball

India Yellow

This cosy mustard has a beautifully deep, warming base that creates a bright, bold colour. Unlike a lot of yellows, this one doesn’t warrant the use of sunglasses indoors – this yellow truly is mellow (much like myself)!

India Yellow is best used in more spacious wood kitchens but could be used as a feature wall or on cupboard doors in a smaller area, as an easy-peasy way to create a playful accent.

With wenge or black oak worktops this shade looks particularly spectacular as it provides a balance between the light and dark hues.

The dustiest pink, Cinder Rose provides a soft injection of heat to any room.

Image courtesy of Farrow & Ball

Cinder Rose

A soft dusty pink that can be used in a vintage kitchen to evoke an intimacy that helps to thaw out even the frostiest of days. Cinder rose is a rather romantic shade that’s perfect for showing wood kitchens a little bit of love.

This fabulous shade looks terrific with natural oak or natural beech worktops alongside cabinet doors painted in a light hue with warm undertones, such as White Tie or Pointing.

Cinder Rose looks scrumptious in a variety of colour schemes, but I think it pairs particularly perfectly with accents of Brinjal – our next warming winter colour!

Dark and mysterious, this plummy shade has red undertones that make it perfect for creating drama in wood kitchens.

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Deep and brooding, this dramatic aubergine can create heat in any room! Sophisticated and opulent, Brinjal’s rich hue is softened by its warmth, and that’s what makes it so inviting.

Brinjal looks good enough to eat, and is the perfect colour for wood kitchens. Bring out the warm undertones of this shade with a worktop made from cherry or caramel bamboo for a sizzling hot look! Neutral hues on your cupboard doors will bring out the heat even more, and I personally think Slipper Satin is the only shade sumptuous enough to match this luxurious plum.

This softer shade of earthy red has strong orange tones that ensure the colour isn’t too overwhelming for wood kitchens.

Image courtesy of Farrow & Ball

Book Room Red

The hottest shade of all, I could simply not complete this list without including a zesty red! I think everything about this colour is splendiferous, as earthy tones really are my bag.

This terracotta hue is perfect for all wood kitchens of any shape or size. The warmth that the orange tones provide make sure the red doesn’t take over, so still looks great in smaller rooms.

A perfect match for American walnut or iroko worktops, the unique and visible grain on each complements the natural tones of Book Room Red.

Well, that’s all from me for another entry in the deTerra Diary. If you’ve seen something on our site that has caught your eye, why not visit one of our kitchen showrooms to get up close and personal with our wood kitchens?

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra diarist


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How goes it, dudes and dudettes?

feel the love 10% off this february.

January is over and I am delighted to say we have something splendid to share with you this month! As the official month of warm fuzzy feelings, we really want you to feel the love from deTerra this February, which means we’re now offering a fantabulous 10% off all our kitchens and wooden worktops. You read that correctly party peeps – if you are looking for a new kitchen now is the time to buy!

When placing your order, all you need to do is pop the discount code LOVE10 into the box at the checkout – easy as pie! We don’t mind whether you’re buying entire oak kitchens, a couple of replacement cabinets, or a wonderful new wooden worktop, the discount applies just the same.

As you know, I am a humongous fan of natural wood finishes, but we have a range of beautiful bespoke options for cabinet doors if you want to add a splash of colour to your new kitchen!

This delightful discount is available for the whole month of February, so make sure you get your skates on! You have until 23:59 on February 28th to make the most of this amazingly attractive offer!

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist


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Howdy ho deTerrarinos!

Greenery is Pantone’s colour of the year for 2017.

Image Credit: Pantone 2017

Boy do I have something exciting to share with all you lovers of natural kitchens. Pantone have announced their colour of the year and this one is a real doozy! 15-0343 is now the shade for 2017, which for those of you not up on Pantone’s colour numbers, is known as ‘Greenery’. Awesome!

I am so stoked that the folks at Pantone have chosen a colour that is so fabaroony. Bright and zesty, this natural hue really makes me feel pumped up for the year to come! It also makes a great selection for natural kitchens, as its luscious and fresh feeling will get you inspired to create delicious healthy meals to kick off the New Year.

Not only have they bestowed upon us this magnificent shade, the ever generous gang at Pantone have put together some colour pairings for ‘Greenery’, and they really are perfect picks. ‘Forest Floor’ is great for natural kitchens; featuring beautiful greens that range from the pastel ‘Silt Green’ to the jewel toned teal ‘Hydro’. ‘Grape Kiss’ breaks it up a bit with a purple pop, and dusty red ‘Redwood’ adds a bit of variety – though I don’t think you can ever have too much green!

The Forest Floor collection from Pantone has a number of greens that are perfectly complemented by jewel toned purple, red and teal.

Image Credit: Pantone 2017

‘Moody Blooms’ is a personal favourite, but there is nothing moody about this collection! This selection warms things up with reds, oranges, pinks and yellows that could provide a great source of inspiration for natural kitchens that are in need of a shake-up.

These Moody Blooms have been chosen to pair perfectly with Greenery and we couldn’t agree more with the selection!

Image Credit: Pantone 2017

‘Deep Rooted’ brings things right back down to earth with more neutral tones like ‘Tofu’ and ‘Brown Rice’ – perfection if you want to make ‘Greenery’ really stand out!

Neutral shades like those from Pantone’s Deep Rooted collection are great for natural kitchens.

Image Credit: Pantone 2017

Feeling inspired to add some pizzazz to your natural kitchens, compadres? Don’t forget, we offer bespoke painting on our cabinet frontals, and you’re sure to find some similarly sumptuous hues in the extensive colour range from Farrow & Ball!

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist


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Greetings, wooden kitchen fans!

sleeping trees against a starry backdrop.

Today I have an interesting new tree factorino to share with you all, my fellow timber appreciators! I love learning about trees and what I am about to share with you really is big news. Recent studies have shown that every night, trees relax their branches and hunker down to take a little snooze – Incredible!

Unbe-leaf-ably, this was the first known study of its kind. Some super brainbox researchers in Austria, Finland and Hungary used high-tech laser scanners to see if the trees studied really were having a little siesta, or if they were just resting their bark. It was found that the position of the leaves and branches drooped through the night by up to 10cm! Slowly but surely the trees reached their slouchiest position a couple hours before sunrise, and by mid-morning, the trees were back to the original state again. I don’t know about you but it usually takes me that, plus a couple of coffees to get going in the morning!

Apparently this isn’t news; Charles Darwin himself studied the effects of the night on potted plants, but now we have evidence that trees need to get shut-eye – or should that be shut-leaf? Either way, living organisms – including mammals – have circadian rhythms, which is not a new-fangled dance move but the patterns of day and night within a 24 hour period. Fascinating stuff that really makes me appreciate a wooden kitchen in a totally different light!

When I’m not caressing the solid oak kitchen units in one of the deTerra Kitchens showrooms I just love learning new things about trees, so if you find any interesting facts please do share them on our Facebook or Twitter pages!

Ta ta for now,

The deTerra Diarist


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